, by Avi Lasarow & Anne Page

Avi Lasarow, Honorary Consul for South Africa for the Midlands region, welcomed South Africa’s Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga to Felixstowe Port on Wednesday 5th December, as trade relations between South Africa and the UK continue to develop.

With the aim of demonstrating to the Minister the privately-owned structure of UK ports, which differ from South Africa’s state-run shipping system, the visit included a tour of the port and presentation from Hutchison Ports’ Head of Corporate Affairs, Paul Davey.

The capability of Felixstowe – a port which dealt with approximately £60billion of goods in 2011 – was demonstrated, along with its transport links through road, rail and coastal feeder services.

Anne Page, Honorary Consul for South Africa for the East of England, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Deputy Minister to Felixstowe. As Britain’s largest container port, dealing with approximately 40% of the UK’s total container cargo and with close proximity to the major ports of Northern Europe, we selected Felixstowe as a prime example of the UK’s private port system.”

Avi Lasarow, Honorary Consul for South Africa for the Midlands region, added: “We trust that visits such as this will help develop best trade practices both in South Africa and the UK in years to come. With differing transport structures we have a lot to learn from one another and we trust that visits to ports such as Felixstowe will be instrumental in developing that process.”

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